Fox News Hosts Almost Come To Blows Over Who Exploits “Misery” More

In-fighting is fun 🙂

From Mediaite:

As Fox’s The Five discussed Trump today, Jesse Watters credited Trump for his outspokenness and called President Obama a “skinny community organizer.” Geraldo Rivera scolded him for being “disrespectful” and things went downhill from there.

Rivera insisted Trump and others are making wrong conclusions about immigrants over Steinle’s death and shouted, “You’re exploiting the misery of that family!” Watters shot back, “You’re exploring it by downplaying it!”

Eric Bolling got into the mix and told Rivera he “exploits and sensationalizes everything.” This one really set Rivera off.

“You’re lucky that you’re my friend,” he said, “I’d knock you out right now. That’s absolute BS!… What do you do? Where do you get your stuff from?”

“You exploit people more!”

“No – YOU exploit people more!”

Delicious.

Donald Trump Isn’t Sure Ted Cruz Can Be President

Donald Trump, who famously questioned President Obama’s eligibility to be president, now voices his concerns over whether Sen. Ted Cruz has proper standing to run for the high office.

In a phone interview with My Fox New York, Trump expressed his doubts, “It’s a hurdle. Somebody could certainly look at it very seriously.”

“He was born in Canada,” complained Trump. “If you know, when we all studied our history lessons, you are supposed to be born in this country, so I just don’t know how the courts will rule on this.”

And again, last night with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly he continued, saying it’s “another layer” of concern.

Trump continues to tease with the threat that he himself may run for the 2016 GOP nomination.

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert Announces Challenge To John Boehner For Speaker Of The House

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert visits Fox & Friends Weekend to declare his opposition to Representative John Boehner for Speaker of the House.

In announcing his challenge Gohmert had this to say to Boehner: “You deceived us when you went to Obama and Pelosi to get your votes for the Cromnibus; you said you’d fight amnesty tooth and nail, you didn’t! You funded it.”

Life now gets more complicated for Boehner.

I don’t think Boehner will lose his Speakership, but I do think this is the Tea Party/far right GOPers way of sending a very public message to Boehner.

Desperate Housewives’ Tuc Watkins vs Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Over the weekend, an “inner-tribe” debate began between Tuc Watkins (formerly of Desperate Housewives and Showtimes Beggars and Choosers) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (of Modern Family).

In a recent Facebook post, Tuc said he found it difficult to watch Modern Family because the gay couple (played by Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet) were too stereotyped: ‘It feels a little bit like the gay equivalent of “blackface.” It doesn’t feel “modern” at all.’

Tuc went on to say, ‘I’m sure I scrutinize their characters more than the others. Maybe I can’t see the forest for the trees. But there’s probably a kid stuffed into a high school locker answering to that stereotype who doesn’t think it’s very funny either. The writers on that show are some of the funniest writers on television today. Why spend their time promulgating stereotypes that polarize us?’

Ferguson issued a rebuttal of sorts in the form of an open letter to Watkins:

Sorry you feel that way Tuc. I know lots of guys who are just like Cam and lots of guys who are just like Mitch. We can’t be expected to represent every gay person. We can only represent these two people.

Also, Mitch is basically a version of me…so I never know how to take it when people say that he is stereotypical. And in defense of Cam, I still can’t figure out how a clown & football coach who also happens to be gay is a stereotype.

When all is said and done, it’s a family sitcom. I feel our writers do a fantastic job of servicing 11 characters each week in just 22 minutes.

I am incredibly proud to play Mitch and I have a lot of pride in our show. As a closeted kid of the 80′s I would have loved to have had a show like Modern Family to watch with my parents. It would have meant a lot to me to see who I secretly was reflected on television.

TV has come a long way and it continues to forge new ground. I am thrilled with the work that you did on Desperate Housewives. It opened the door for shows like ours and hopefully we can hold that door open for many more shows to follow us. At the end of the day we can’t please everyone..and we shouldn’t try to.

Kinda just like life, right?

Take care. Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

So, today, Watkins comes back with an apology of sorts. Kinda sorta.

Dear Jesse,

I’m glad to see that a FB post can stoke a fire that burns in the LGBT community, and supporters of our community.

Many doors have opened in gay people’s fight for equality. Civil rights, marriage rights, and depictions of us individually and collectively on television. Great strides have taken us from tolerance into acceptance and towards true equality.

Stereotypes still exist. They probably always will. And while the truth is usually somewhere in the middle, stereotypes polarize us. No news there. But while an explanation of a stereotype can make good, logical sense, it still leaves the stereotype intact.

I’m glad to have played gay characters, but at the same time have been frustrated by the stereotypes I feel I’ve been party to in playing those roles. I’ve begged wardrobe designers so I wouldn’t have to wear paisley shirts, directors to reconsider a “snap” at the end of a scene, and writers to remove “Hey, gurl!” from dialogue.

I did it because when I was growing up, trying to figure out where I fit it in, I couldn’t seem to locate a role model. The stereotypes I saw made me think, “Well, I don’t identify with that so I must not be gay.”

I can appreciate that one man’s roadblock may be another man’s role model. I feel like my growth was stunted, but understand that another person’s may have been bolstered. I believe that, as a community we want to make the path easier for those who come after us. I want that. I’m certain you do to.

Some audience members can laugh through a character, but it can also distance others. We each come to the fight with our own baggage…as well as our own weaponry. “Revolutionary times call for revolutionary means.” My comments were extreme, and my use of the word “blackface” inexcusable. I regret creating dissension among the ranks, especially when we’re all in this fight together.

I see your point. I hope you’ll consider mine.

Sincerely, Tuc

What do you think readers? Does the Modern Family couple of Cam and Mitch hurt or help the LGBT community more?

(via Gay Star News)

Texas Gun Nuts In Public Fight With NRA

Over the past week, groups of gun nuts in Texas swaggered into public places like Chilis and Sonic, and most recently at a Home Depot, with assault rifles strapped to their backs looking to eat.

We’re talking groups of ten folks or so, with ASSAULT RIFLES, not handguns. Needless to say it scared many of the restaurants guests, and the gun folks were asked to leave their rifles in their cars.

The gun peeps left the locations feeling pretty much like they’d said something.

Today, the National Rifle Association weighed in on the activity politely suggesting that the demonstrations were a bit over the top and were not helpful to getting the message of Second Amendment rights understood.

Now we love AR-15s and AKs as much as anybody, and we know that these sorts of semiautomatic carbines are among the most popular, fastest selling firearms in America today. Texas, independent-minded and liberty-loving place that it is, doesn’t ban the carrying of loaded long guns in public, nor does it require a permit for this activity. Yet some so-called firearm advocates seem determined to change this.

Recently, demonstrators have been showing up in various public places, including coffee shops and fast food restaurants, openly toting a variety of tactical long guns. Unlicensed open carry of handguns is legal in about half the U.S. states, and it is relatively common and uncontroversial in some places.

Yet while unlicensed open carry of long guns is also typically legal in most places, it is a rare sight to see someone sidle up next to you in line for lunch with a 7.62 rifle slung across his chest, much less a whole gaggle of folks descending on the same public venue with similar arms.

Let’s not mince words, not only is it rare, it’s downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. To those who are not acquainted with the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one’s cause, it can be downright scary. It makes folks who might normally be perfectly open-minded about firearms feel uncomfortable and question the motives of pro-gun advocates.

Now, the Texas gun nuts have responded in like on the Facebook page of Open Carry Texas:

The NRA has refused to learn for themselves how Open Carry Texas (OCT) conducts itself other than what the liberal media and Bloomberg funded gun control extremists have falsely portrayed.

The real ignorance in their statement is that it was completely unnecessary. OCT – along with Come And Take It Texas, Texas Carry and Gun Rights Across America – has already changed its methods and the whole world is aware of that.

The more the NRA continues to divide its members by attacking some aspects of gun rights instead of supporting all gun rights, the more support it will lose. Already, OCT members are posting pictures of themselves cutting up their life membership cards.

If they do not retract their disgusting and disrespectful comments, OCT will have no choice but to withdraw its full support of the NRA and establish relationships with other gun rights organizations that fight for ALL gun rights, instead of just paying them lip service the way the NRA appears to be doing.

The NRA should have instead released a statement to the effect that it applauds our groups for coming together and finding new methods to promote safe and responsible open carry.

Personally, I’m all for Second Amendment rights. It’s in the Constitution.

But to carry assault rifles into restaurants and stores merely to make a “statement” makes the gun folks look a bit silly. It’s so over the top, makes their arguments difficult to reasonably consider, plus it screams “small dick syndrome.”

(h/t JMG)

Donald Trump vs Karl Rove – “Karl Rove is a total loser”

Reality television celeb Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted a few tart tongued messages on Twitter aimed at Karl Rove, whose new group to find electable Republican candidates has set off an intra-party feud.

In his tweets, Trump made it clear that he’s siding with the tea party faction in the quarrel, calling Rove a “total loser” and questioning the wisdom of donating money to Rove’s new group, the “Conservative Victory Project.”

(via TPM)